Teaching & Leadership Innovation Programme

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Teaching & Leadership Innovation Programme

Following the success of NAHT Aspire TLIF – a fully-funded DfE programme for priority schools in priority areas under the Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF), NAHT Aspire is pleased to be able to offer the same one-year programme on a self-funding basis to primary schools (or schools that include primary age pupils) in other areas of the country. The DfE funded version of the programme began in October 2017 and is now over-subscribed with 96 schools enrolled in 19 networks across the country.


What is the NAHT Aspire Teaching & Leadership Innovation Programme?

It is a 1-year programme for Teacher Development and Leadership Development based upon the very successful NAHT Aspire partner schools programme. Schools work together in networks of four. Senior leaders come together each term off site in a Network Day to be introduced to strategies & resources and to strategically plan. On another termly Network Day nominated leaders for Teaching & Learning and AFL come together to immerse themselves in the approaches and plan operationally. Each term these are followed up with Development Days in schools when an Achievement Adviser works with leaders and other staff to support the follow through of development.

Which schools are suited to the Programme?

Primary schools with Ofsted judgements of 3 or 4 and ‘Good’ schools with a need to improve the quality of teaching and leadership.

Which staff are involved?

NAHT Aspire is a whole school approach. Network days bring Headteachers and senior leaders together each term, while development days within individual schools support leaders in implementing and evaluating initiatives in the school context. The process is one of “doing with… not doing to.”

The programme will reach all staff in the school, either through direct training or through coaching. The main aim of the approach is to establish research based approaches to leadership, assessment and teaching through the building the capacity of senior and middle leaders in the school.

How do we know that it works?

An independently evaluated pilot of NAHT Aspire showed benefits for schools in terms of pupil outcomes and Ofsted inspections. Moreover, leaders reported the process as being a positive model that had grown teachers and middle leaders. The NAHT Aspire Teaching and Leadership Innovation Programme has drawn together the most impactful elements of the fuller NAHT Aspire 3-year partnership and wrapped those into 1-year focused programme that comprises six components. These components are detailed overleaf.

What does it cost?

The cost per school is £8,550 (exc. VAT).

When could my school start?

The first networks of four schools will begin in Autumn 2018.

What opportunities are there for recognition and accreditation?

Derby University offers a postgraduate Diploma/Certificate in School Improvement that is designed with NAHT Aspire leaders in mind, allowing them to use the work done in leading/implementing/evaluating aspects of the programme as the focus for learning and assessment.